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With any sampling of cluster coordination, positioning and audienceing trends, it’s always helpful to compare every station in every market on a level playing field. Most of the players subscribe in this 13x per year PPM LIVE 35 Nielsen Market Audio Update.
20. DENVER. 6+ Population 2,362,700. Ethnic Comp. Hispanic 21%, Black 6%. 34 of 48 stations subscribe for 71%. Lincoln Financial Media Country KYGO/F rides mille high at #1 5.7-6.2-6.2, May/June/July shares, on the 5th largest cume. Entercom SoftA/C KOSI takes 2nd 5.3-5.9-5.6 and the #1 market cume 704,300. Lincoln comes back for 3rd share position with RymCHR KQKS 5.6-5.5-5.5, ETM ClassicRock KQMT climbs 4.5-5.0-5.3 and a 5th for Clear Channel Media & Entertainment AdultAlt KBCO 4.6-4.6-5.2. Notes: CCU complements their cluster with 6th place ModRock KTCL, steady at 5.0-4.9-4.9 and tied with ETM HotA/C KALC 5.3-4.7-4.9. Entravision SpanishAdult KJMN holds 4.4-4.4-4.5 while co-owned RegMex KXPX slips 4.6-4.2-4.3 to tie with CCU ClassicRock KRFX 3.9-4.6-4.3. CCU wins News/Talk on KOA 4.1-4.2-4.0; also Rock with KBPI 3.5-3.2-3.9. 6 stations bunch up between 3.5 and 3.7 including Wilks ClassicHits KXKL 3.7 and HotA/C KIMN 3.6, Educational Media Foundation ContempChristian KLDV and Public Broadcasting of Colorado N/T KCFR, both score 3.7. There’s a 3.5 tie between CCU RymCHR KPTT and Max Broadcast Group RymA/C KJHM. Largest up or down market fluctuation May-July is ETM ClassicRock KQMT +.8. Total Cluster Shares: CCU 27.1, Lincoln FInancial 16.0, ETM 11.0, Wilks 10.7, Entravision 9.0.
21. BALTIMORE. 2,317,700. EthnicComp Black 29%, Hispanic 5%. 29 of 37 subscribe for 78%. CCU Country WPOC takes #1 share 7.4-7.3-8.4 on the 5th largest cume; their +1.4 increase is the largest market share change. Radio One follows with UrbanA/C WWIN/F 2nd at 7.9-8.1-7.8. 3rd share is #1 cume Radio One UrbanContemp WERQ/F 597,200 and 7.2-7.3-7.5. Ranked 4th & 5th are CBS combo HotA/C WWMX 5.2-6.1-5.8 and A/C WLIF 4.8-4.9-4.5. Notes: Peter and John Radio ContempChristian WRBS/F is a steady 4.6-4.6-4.5 and Hearst TV‘s only radio stations find Orioles baseball boosting News/Talk WBAL 4.2-4.4-4.5 while Rock WIYY slides 3.3-3.1-3.0. Sharmrock ClassicRock WZBA is 4.4-4.7-4.3 and CCU AdultHits WQSR gains 3.6-3.5-4.2. RymCHR belongs to CCU WZFT 4.1-4.4-4.3, CBS Sports WJZ/F slides 4.0-3.5-3.1 Your Public Radio WYPR wins News and ties Baltimore City College Classical WBJC at 2.4. Shares: CCU 18.4, CBS 18.1, Radio One 15.8, Hearst TV 7.5.
22. ST. LOUIS. 2,310,500. EC: Black 19%. Hispanic 2%. There’s almost an even split between subscribers and DNS; 21 of 43 for 49%. CBS News/Talk KMOX is #1 7.9-7.6-7.3 and only the 9th largest cume. Hubbard Country WIL/F is s close second, up 7.5-7.5-7.0, followed by Emmis Rock KSHE 6.4-6.2-6.3. CCU ranks 4th & 5th with Oldies KLOU 6.4-6.0-6.0 and #2 Country KSD 6.0-6.5-5.8. Notes: CBS HotA/C KYKY is 6th 5.3-5.2-5.5 while Hubbard AdultHits WARH has the #1 cume 731,500 and shares 5.1-5.8-5.2. The largest fluctuation is Radio One UrbanContemp WHHL 3.8-4.4-5.2 for a +1.4. CCU adds CHR KSLZ 4.6-4.9-4.8 and RymCHR KBWX at 2.5. University of Missouri N/T KMMU grows 3.4-4.0-4.7 and the remainder of the Emmis cluster has ClassicHits KIHT 4.1-4.2-4.3, ModRock WPNT 3.9-3.8-3.8 and Talk KFTK 2.5-2.6-2.8. Shares: EMMS 17.2, CBS 16.9, HUBBARD 14.5.
23. PORTLAND, OR. 2,124,500. EC is 12% Hispanic, 3% Black. 27 of 50 stations subscribe, 54%. CCU A/C KKCW is #1 Share & #1 Cume 656,500 and 6.8-6.6-7.3. CCU is also in 2nd position with Oldies KLTH 6.4-7.3-6.7. News/Talk Oregon Public KOPB/F goes 6.1-6.7-6.3. ETM Country KWJJ has the biggest jump adding +1.4 to their 4.7-5.4-6.1, and passing Alpha Media Country KUPL 6.3-5.2-5.7. Notes: CCU complementary combo RymCHR KXJM scores 5.4-5.9-5.5 while CHR KKRZ is 4.5-5.1-5.1. ETM stacks up ClassicRock KGON 4.1-4.9-5.0, AdultHits KYCH/F 4.6-4.2-4.5, HotA/C KRSK 4.3-4.2-4.3 and ModRock KNRK 2.9-2.8-3.7. Alpha shows HotA/C KBFF at 3.6, AdultAlt KINK 2.6 and N/T KXL/F 2.4. CCU Classic rock KFWB slides to 3.3, Salem Communications ContempChristian KFIS dips 3.5-3.4-3.0 and All Classical Public Media KQAC trimulcast is 2.3-2.5-2.7. Shares: CCU 30.4, ETM 25.5, Alpha Media 15.8, Oregon Public 8.2.
24. CHARLOTTE, NC. 2,058,800. EC: Black 22%, Hispanic 8%. 23 stations of the 60 listed post shares as subscribers for 38%. CCU Country WKKT is #1 jumping 5.9-6.6-8.1 with a 2nd place cume. CCU also has 2nd and 4th share positions with ClassicRock WRFX growing 6.2-6.9-7.8 and Adult Hits WLKO hitting #1 cume 553,4000 and having the largest fluctuation jumping +2.7 for 4.6-5.1-7.3. CBS wins 3rd and 5th share ranks with Countrty WSOC/F 6.8-7.5-7.7 and UrbanContemp WPEG 8.0-7.7-7.2. Notes: Radio One R&B Oldies WOSF 5.8-6.4-5.9 fits with Gospel WPZS/WQNC 5.4-4.7-5.1. CBS UrbanA/C WBAV slides 6.6-6.2-5.7 while A/C WKQC rises 4.8-5.4-5.4. CBS WNKS 4.0 has the edge in a CHR battle vs. CCU WHQC at 3.8. The Greater Media cluster is an N/T win for WBT, just ahead of University Radio Foundation WFAF/WFHE-A/F. Columbia Bible College ContempChristian WRCM gains 2.5-2.4-2.8. Shares: CBS 31.3, CCU 29.2, Radio One 11, GreaterMedia 6.3.
25. PITTSBURGH. 1,990,400. EC: Black 9%, Hispanic 1%. Just 15 of 50 stations subscribe for 30%. Another Double #1 Win for CCU as Classic Hits WWSW advances 8.0-7.6-8.4 with the #1 Cume 654,500. CCU also secures 2nd & 3rd ranked shares with gains by both Rock WDVE 7.0-8.0-7.6 and CHR WKST/F 6.9-7.5-7.4. CBS Country WDSY/F is 4th, 6.9-7.6-7.3 followed by Steel City Adult Hits WRRK dipping 7.6-7.5-7.1. Notes: Right now, this is not a “big swing” radio market with the biggest May/July share change coming from 6th place CBS Sports KDKA/F +.7 gain in a town where almost everyone wears sports garb to the game! CBS also takes the next two spots with iconic News/Talk KDKA 5.8-5.5-5.3 and HotA/C WBZZ 4.6-4.2-4.5 to stay ahead of Steel City’s HotA/C WLTJ at 4.2-4.2-4.3. CCU ModRock WXDX posts 4.0-2.8-3.4 and Talk WPGB 2.5-2.5-2.4. Essential Public Media‘s N/T WESA moves to 2.1, Pittsburgh Community AdultAlt holds 1.1 and Classical WQED/FM dips to .6. Last weekend proved this to be a delightful city. The very new CCU Country “Bull” already very visible with 104.3 digital outdoor. Frank Iorio’s last week take-over of WJAS-AM was the beneficiary of the CCU major league talk line-up. Thanks to American Urban Networks President Jerry Lopes for the talk and tour. Shares: CCU 29.7, CBS 22.6, Steel City 11.4.
27. SACRAMENTO. 1,866,100. EC: Hispanic 19%, Black 8%. 26 of 38 stations show subscribing shares for 68%. This is a 1-2-3 Entercom market. ClassicRock KSEG is #1 Share, #2 Cume 7.3-7.2-7.9, CHR KDND 2nd share rank and #1 Cume 580,100 with 6.5-6.6-6.1 and Rock KRXQ 5.3-5.0-5.8. CBS A/C KYMX has #4 share 5.6-5.6-5.7 and CCU News/Talk KBFK-A/F is off 5.9-5..9-5.3. Notes: HotA/C matches CBS KZZO 4.7-5.1-4.9 against Entercom’s KUDL 3.4-3.6-3.6. There’s a three way Country race also won by CBS KNCI 4.0-3.7-4.6 ahead of Entravision KNTY 3.6-4.0-4.1 and CCU KBEB 1.8-1.6-2.0. CCU also airs RymCHR KHYL 3.0, Adult Hits KQJK 2.9 and Talk KSTE holding 2.4, while the N/T competition is won by Capital Public Radio KXJZ at 3.1. ETM has Mkt.Exclu. ModRock KKDO 4.3-4.5-4.4, CBS KSFM wins RymCHR 4.6-4.3-4.2 over Entravision RymCHR KHHM that grows 2.8-3.5-3.4. Entravision’s SpanishAdult KXSE had the biggest market swing, -1.0. Shares: ETM 28.8, CBS 16.5, CCU 13.6, Entravision 11.0.
28. SAN ANTONIO,. 1,818,600. EC: Hispanic 53%, Black 7%. 30 stations in, 17 not equals 64%. Cox Classic Hits KONO is stil “The Big Dog” and tied for #1 7.4-7.5-7.4 with #1 Univision RymCHR KBBT 6.2-6.6.9-7.4, posting +1.2 biggest market swing. A Country shoot-out for 3rd-4th has CCU Country KAJA 7.2-6.3-7.0 over Cox KCYY 6.4-7.0-6.4. Univision Tejano KXTN/F is #5 5.1-5.3-4.9. Notes: Cox has MktExclu 4.7-4.4-4.4, Rock KISS/F 3.5-3.8-3.8 and Cox ClassicRock KTKX 2.0, just behind CCU ClassicRock KZEP 2.4-2.5-2.4. CCU wins CHR as KROM collects #1 Cume 608,400 4.7-4.1-4.3 and bests Alpha Media CHR KTFMN 3.3-3.2-3.5. Alpha has MktExclu AdultHits 4.1-4.0-3.3 and N/T KTSA 1.4-1.2-1.5 trailing CCU N/T WOIA 4.5-4.2-3.3 (tied for biggest share swing the other way, -1.2). Shares: COX 25.7, CCU 21.4, Univision 19.6, Alpha 11.0.
29. CINCINNATI. 1,760,700. EC: Black 12%, Hispanic 2%. 24 of 38 stations subscribe at 63%. CCU Talk WLW has legs, red ones, and the #1 Share 11.8-11.6-12.1. Hubbard Broadcasting Country WUBE/F jumps 9.1-10.3-10.7, CMLS Classic Hits WGRR has the #1 Cume 572,500 and 3rd Share 7.4-7.1-7.4 as CMLS Classic Rock WOFX/F has the market’s biggest move +1.8, 5.0-6.3-6.8. Hubbard HotA/C WKRQ is 5th 7.5-5.9-6.3. Notes: Hubbard also has the market’s 2nd HotA/C WREW 4.6-4.0-3.6 plus the 3rd Country WYGY 2.3 just behind CMLS Country 2.4. CMLS has MktExclu A/C WNNE 4.2-4.0-4.2, Radio One with UrbanContemp 5.0-4.7-4.1 and R&BOldies 3.5-3.6-3.3. CCU CHR WKFS slips to 3.8, Rock WEBN at 3.6. Cincinnati Public Radio duo is Classical WGUB 2.6 and News/Talk WVXU 2.5. A very tight race with market Shares: CCU 24.4, CMLS 23.2, Hubbard 22.9. ROI 7.9, Cincinnati Public 5.1.
30. CLEVELAND 1,758,800. EC; Black 12%, Hisopanci 2%. 20 subscribe; 16 don’t. 56%. CCU takes #1 & #1 wins with Adult Hits WHLK #1 Share 9.0-8.8-9.4 and #1 Cume 605,400. CCU also places 2nd with Classic Hits WMJI 9.2-8.9-8.7 and 4th with Country WGAR/F 7.4-7.5-6.8. CBS ranks 3rd & 5th in 6+ shares with Classic Rock WNCX 6.6-7.1-7.2 and A/C WDOK 7.0-6.8-6.4. Notes: Radio One Urban A/C WZAK goes 5.7-6.5-6.1 and ROI UrbanContemp WENZ 5.2-2.9-5.5. CCU News/Talk CCU is off 7.0-6.6-5.8 with a tie for biggest swing -1.2 and doing well with Buzzard icon Rock WMMS 5.2-5.4-5.5, CHR WAKS 4.0-4.0-4.1 and ModRock on WMMS-HD2 is 1.0. CBS has MktExclu HotA/C WQAL 5.7-5.5-5.7 and Sports WKRK/F 2.4-2.0-2.9. Tom Mandel’s Rubber City Radio Smooth A/C WNWV has the biggest jump +1.2 moving 1.7-2.0-2.9. Shares: CCU 41.3, CBS 19.3, ROI 11.6.
31. SALT LAKE CITY. 1,716,200. EC: Hispanic 14%, Black 1%. 33 of 50 stations have their shares published by Nielsen for 67%. CCU CHR KZHT has the #1 Share with 6.3-6.7-6.9. Bonneville / KSL Broadcast SoftA/C KSFI is 2nd, 7.3-6.5-6.7 and KLO Broadcasting HotA/C KBZN is #1 Cume 623,600 and 6.5-6.5-6.4, tied Bonneville with News/Talk KSLA/F 6.8-6.3-6.4. It’s rare to find two N/T stations in the Top 5 but CCU KNRS-A/F tallies 5.3-5.6-6.1 with the largest market swing of +.8. Notes: CCU calls it Oldies and KODJ is 6th share 4.6-5.2-5.0 with CCU HotA/C KJMY growing 3.9-4.4-4.8, Classic Rock KAAZ/F 3.8-4.0-4.0 while Bonneville has Classic Hits KRSP/F 4.9-34.3-3.9. New cluster operator Broadway Media LS, is in new digs and in control of the former Simmons cluster: CHR KUDD/KUDE leads 4.4-5.4-4.8, ModRockKXRK 5.7-4.4-4.3 with the largest market swing -1.4, complementary RymCHR KUUU 3.0-3.1-2.8, 3rd of 5 Country formats KEGA/KEGH flat at 1.9, Adult Hits KYMV slipping 1.7-1.5-1.5 and behind CMLS Adult Hits KENZ 1.8-1.9-2.2 and Broadwaty Sports KALL is .7 but ahead of Larry Miller‘s KZNS .6 and CMNLS KFNZ .4; Total Sports Share is 1.7. Market Shares: CCU 21.2, Bonneville 17.0, Broadway Media 16.0, KLO Broadcasting 7.1.
32. LAS VEGAS. 1,662,100. EC: Hispanic 28%, Black 11%. 32 of 45 subscribe for 71%. CBS HotA/C KMXB leads with #1 Share 6.4-7.0-6.9 and 3rd cume. Lotus takes 2nd on SpanishClassicHits KWID 5.8-5.3-5.9 and CCU A/C KSNE/F is #1 Cume at 487,700 with 6.3-7.1-5.7. 4th share is a steady CBS RymCHR KLUC/F 5.6-5.5.-5.5 and Beasley Broadcast Group has #5 with ClassicHits KKLZ 5.1-5.7-5.4. Notes: Kemp Broadcasting has a cluster of 3 but one of substance in RymCHR KUEG 5.2-5.0-4.6. Lotus Communications adds MktExclu ClassicRock KXTP 4.4-3.9-4.0. Beasley offers a unique RymOldies 5.2-5.0-4.6, AdultHits KVGS steady at 2.0-1.9-1.9 plus one of two Countries in a tight match KCYE 3.0-2.7-2.9 vs. CCU KWNR 2.4-2.7-2.8. Faith Communications Christian KSOS dips 5.9-5.0-3.8 and News/Talk is won by CBS KNXT-A/F 3.5-3.4-3.8 over Nevada Public KNPR 1.5-1.3-1.7 with NPR Classical KCNV up to 1.7. Shares: CBS hits the jackpot 19.5, Lotus 15.0, Beasley 14.7, CCU 11.4, Kemp 5.3.
33. KANSAS CITY. 1,640,300. EC: Black 13%, Hispanic 8%. 23 of 39 subscribers for a 59% showing. Top Spot, #1 Share is CMLS ClassicRock WCFX 6.9-6.7-7.0 with the 3rd Cume with local Carter Broadcast UrbanContemp KPRS 6.7-6.5-6.3 with 2nd share. Wilks Country KFKF/F slides 7.3-6.5-5.8 and ties for #3 share with ETM Hot A/C KZPT 4.1-4.8-5.8, having the biggest market swing at +1.7 and #1 Cume 538.500. 5th share is ETM Country KDAF/F 5.6-5.9-5.3. Notes: Interesting that Wilks has two Country stations with KBEQ/F just a hair behind 5.6-5.9-5.3 for a total of 3 in the format, all with 5 shares. Wilks also has CHR KMVX 5.3-4.7-4.9 and A/C KCKC off 3.1-2.5-2.8. The Wilks KC cluster is being sold to Saul Frischling’s Steel City, Pittsburgh, for just north of $100 million! Meanwhile, ETM Rocks with KQRC 5.9-5.5-5.0, ModernRock KRBZ 3.7-3.9-4.6, MktExclu Sports KCSP-A/F/HD2 2.9-3.6-3.5 and News/Talk KMBZ A/F 3.6-3.4-3.4. The other N/T is University of Missouri (UMo) KCUR consistent at 2.5-2.5-2.6. CMLS completes their cluster with Oldies KCMO 4.9-5.1-5.0. Urban A/C KMJK moves 4.1-4.3-4.9, CHR KCHZ 3.7-3.8-4.3, Adult Hits KCJK 3.0-2.7-2.3 and 3rd in format News/Talk KCMO-A/F/HD2 at 1.2. U. Kansas supplies the only Classical service with the KANU trimulcast showing .7. Shares: ETM 27.6, CMLS 26.2, Wilks 18.7, Carter 7.1.
34. ORLANDO. 1,596,200. EC: Hispanic 28%, Black 16%. 24 of 17 stations listed show shares for 59%. Cox Media leads with #1 Share Urban A/C WCFB 6.8-7.3-7.5 on just the #9 Cume. Central Florida Ed. Foundation ContempChristian WPOZ/WMYZ takes 2nd place 7.9-7.3-6.7 and right behind is Cox Country WWKA 7.0-5.9-6.6. CBS Classic Hits WOCL ranks 4th 5.0-4.6-5.8 and CCU A/C WMGE holds 5.4-5.6-5.6. Notes: 6th share CBS HotA/C WOMX 5.3-5.6-5.4 hits #1 Cume 504,600 and holds at 2.9 with CHR WJHM. Meanwhile, CCU CHR WXXL has the big swing of -1.3, going 6.4-5.9-5.1 but winning the format. CCU also includes Tropical WRUM (AhrrrrReally?) 4.7-4.9-4.6, ModRock WJRR 4.0-4.1-4.4 and top Talk WTKS/F 4.5-4.1-4.1, ahead of co-owned Talk WFLF 1.0. Cox Talk is 2nd in the format WDBO 4.0-3.4-3.7 and News/Talk Community Communications WMFE/F 3rd at 2.4-2.4-2.0. Cox also ties itself with A/C WMMO 5.0-5.6-4.8 and RymCHR WPYO 5.1-5.2-4.8 and Sports WDBO 1.1. Entravision also has a Tropical WNUE at 2.3, Central Florida University‘s Jazz WUCF is a 2.0 and a pair of UrbanContemps are on HD-2: Central Florida U’s and CCU WTKS tie at .7. Shares: COX 27.4, CCU 25.9, CBS 14.1, Central Florida U. 7.6.
35. COLUMBUS, OH. 1,523,900. EC: Black 16%, Hispanic 3%. 17 are in and 21 are not subscribing. 38%. CCU is #1 & 2, #1 Share Country WCOL/F hits 11.0, 10.1, 11.3 with the 2nd Cume. CHR WNCI has the #1 Cume 631,400 and some 150k above their see-saw cluster mate, at 2nd share 10.7-11.0-10.5. Radio One UrbanContemp WCKX is 5.4-6.4-5.3, CCU Talk WTVN 5.5-5.6-5.0 and #5 share is Wilks Classic Rock 4.9-4.6-5.0.
Notes: Radio One UrbanA/C WXMG is in a #6 share tie with CCU Classic Hits WODC, both going & showing 5.6-4.5. CCU also posts ModRock WBWR at 2.6 and ModA/C WCGX holding 2.4. WWCD, Ltd. ModRock is in between at 2.5, Wilks ClassicCountry WHOK/F 1.5, Christain Voice WCVO holds 4.1-3.3-3.3 and News/Talk Ohio State Univiversity 3.1-2.7-3.2 with OSU Classical WOSA .9. Shares: CCU 36.7, Radio One 9.8, Wilks 6.5, Ohio State 4.1.
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